Well, the analogy really breaks down on the Morlock side, doesn’t it? Users and fans of open source systems don’t rely – in any way, really – on the iPad/iPhone/iPod/OS X users. In fact, given that OS X is based on one of the BSDs, things are a little bit the other way around. They have been attempting to give back to the open source community with the various Darwin variant, so it’s not entirely a one-way street, but none of those seem to have achieved any notable success.

Also, if “closed system” were synonymous with “secure”, there wouldn’t be so many security holes in Microsoft products. Apple products only appear secure because they aren’t currently a target – although that may change as Apple’s market share increases and mobile bandwidth continually increases. After all, a hundred thousand zombie iPhones in a botnet aren’t particularly useful if they can only send a couple of spam e-mails a day due to being disconnected most of the time, but once mobile broadband is sufficiently reliable, I imagine that many exploits will be found and used by many of the same types of malware that PCs encounter today, and possibly some new ones that haven’t been invented yet. Apple’s recent announcement that iPhone OS will support multi-tasking may in some ways enable this.

Okay, sorry about rambling on and disconnectedness, but my brain may not be fully engaged yet…